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Saw VI (2009) is a film in the Saw horror series.

Hoffman continues to carry out Jigsaw's legacy, but soon finds that his fellow officers are beginning to find clues that trace back to him. What's more, Jill Tuck, the original Jigsaw's wife, has arrived to reclaim her husband's will. As Hoffman tries to deal with all of this, a insurance agent named William Easton find himself put in one of Jigsaw's games where he is forced to choose between the lives of people who work under him.


This film provides examples of:

  • All for Nothing: William's death could very much be considered this. After going through a series of demanding traps, which leads to him realizing the error of his ways and the value of the lives of the clients he had indirectly killed by denying coverage, William gets killed by the son of one of said rejected clients, ultimately making his redemption completely meaningless.
  • Asshole Victim: Debbie the lawyer arguably. After William risks his well-being to guide her out of the steam maze he and Debbie find out that the key to her harness is in his stomach and that if he doesn't free her in time a speargun that's attached to said harness will activate and kill her. She then attacks him to save herself despite the fact that William (who now has to fight her off) was attempting to save her. In the end, her ensuring death was no one else's fault but her own.
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  • Big "NO!": Simone immediately before she chops off her arm, as well as Pamela shortly after William Easton dies.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Hoffman uses the sound engineer as one while Perez is emptying her magazine on him. As usual, it works.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Josh has what is absolutely, without a doubt, the most badass death speech in the whole franchise.
    Josh: Aww, well, that's it, isn't it? It's over! You MOTHERFUCKER! You spineless, pussy-whipped motherfucker! That's all it takes, eh? A bitch says one thing and it's all over! You know what, William? Your policy is bullshit! Fucking bullshit! Well, you listen to me, you son of a bitch! I did everything for you! LOOK AT ME! WHEN YOU'RE KILLING ME, YOU LOOK AT ME!
  • Face Death with Dignity: Played with; Josh, one of the carousel trap victims, has his turn come around when he knows that his death is sealed. He has the mental wherewithal to deliver a vengeful, furious Final Speech to William (listed under Dying Moment of Awesome above), but he notably whimpers fearfully right before he's killed.
  • Fake Pregnancy: One of the six victims on the carousel, Gena, falsely claims to be pregnant, hoping that William will spare her life. He doesn't.
  • Fan Disservice: Debbie in the steam maze. The steam causes her blouse to stick to her body rather tightly, but this is never focused on by the camera, and she dies in a rather gruesome manner before the scene can become true fanservice material.
  • Flash Back Echo: At the end of the sixth film, after Hoffman's Reverse Bear Trap 2.0 has gone off, and just before the shot of him kneeling on the floor with his face torn off, we get a rapid showing of every shot of someone closing the door on someone else at the end of the other films. In order, John closing the bathroom door on Adam at the end of Saw, Amanda closing the bathroom door on Detective Matthews at the end of Saw II, Hoffman closing the door on Rigg in the meat-packing plant at the end of Saw IV, Jill closing the control-room door on Hoffman just a minute before in Saw VI.
  • Four Is Death: William has four bomb straps tied on his limbs and four "tests" he must complete to get them off. The carousel trap has six of his colleagues chained down and he can only save two of them, so at least four will die.
  • Glasgow Grin: Hoffman receives half a grin after escaping the reverse beartrap at the end.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: As the acid liquefies William, his lower body detaches itself.
  • Hollywood Acid: Hydrofluoric acid, while still extremely dangerous and should never be in contact with skin, does not instantly melt human flesh.
  • Idiot Ball: John Kramer/Jigsaw, on an absurd level. In one of the many flashbacks in this installment, John Kramer is seen meeting William for the first time at a party where he chides William for his abhorrent policy on denying insurance claims. In a subsequent flashback, we find out that, at some later date, for some insane reason, proceeds to buy insurance from this guy, despite knowing for a fact that he routinely screws people over.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: The very first trap of the film has two victims competing against one another for their survival. They're told to hack off parts of their skin, and the one whose pile weighs the most survives. How does Simone win? By hacking off her arm to outdo her fat opponent who is cutting into his stomach.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Given a choice between saving the women or the men, William generally saves the women. Two women do die, but he has no means to control that. In the carousel trap, he could only save two out of six with equal gender distribution, so one had to die. Debbie attacked him in an effort to save herself before he could make his own attempt (which he was willing to do), so her death is her own fault.
  • Mood Dissonance:
    Jigsaw: Healthcare decisions should be made by doctors and their patients, not by the government. Well, now I know they're not made by doctors and their patients or the government. They're made by the fucking insurance companies. (tense music reaches a crescendo) Piranha!
  • Once More, with Clarity!: William is told via video tape that if he fails he will "never see his family again". In the finale, we learn that the mother and son are in fact the real test subjects, and that Pamela is his sister/"family".
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: At least, William is evil from Tara's viewpoint. At the end, Tara is given an opportunity to do this, as she is allowed to choose whether the man who denied her husband's health insurance lives or dies. She shouts that she's going to do it, and her hand closes around the lever...but ultimately, she can't go through with it. Unfortunately for William, while Tara can't pay evil unto evil, her son can; Brent pulls the lever and kills William.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • The only other time Jigsaw drops an F-bomb is when he's talking to William and says, "Healthcare decisions should be made by doctors and their patients, not by the government. Well, now I know they're not made by doctors and their patients or the government. They're made by the fucking insurance companies."
    • The kid's Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You killed my father, you motherfucker!"
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Josh delivers what is probably the ballsiest and most awesome monologue in the whole franchise when he fully realizes William intends to kill him in order to spare two of his female coworkers. Quoted above in Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • The Reveal: Hoffman and Amanda both knew of each other's work as Jigsaw's apprentice; Amanda killed Lynn in the third film because she was being blackmailed by Hoffman; Amanda was the person who sent Cecil into the clinic, where he accidentally caused Jill Tuck to have a miscarriage; the box Jill received in the previous film contained instructions on how to carry out Jigsaw's final wishes, including Hoffman's test.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • The hanging trap. William's intern and secretary have nooses of barbed wire and are on a hinged platform supported by chains which William must hold in his hands. The chains become more and more taut every few seconds, and if he doesn't let one go, both will fall. The secretary is an old, diabetic woman (not worth covering according to William's insurance policy) with a family while the other is a perfectly healthy loner (worth covering). William chooses his secretary.
    • The carousel trap. Six of William's co-workers — Aaron, Emily, Gena, Dave, Shelby, and Josh, collectively known as the "Dog Pit" — are chained to a carousel with a loaded gun in front of it. The carousel will periodically stop rotating, causing the gun to fire and kill someone. However, if William is willing to press buttons that will drive a nail into his hand, he can divert the gun so it fires harmlessly up into the air instead of killing someone. The catch is, he can only do this twice, and the carousel will not stop until the gun has fired six times, so William can only pick two people to save, leaving the other four to die. This is Jigsaw's way of criticizing William's policy, which is responsible for two-thirds of insurance applicants being rejected and left to die. William finally spares Emily and Shelby.
  • Secret Test of Character: John's final test was to test Hoffman himself with a game, which was set up by John's wife, who was carrying out John's final request. Hoffman managed to beat the trap and live.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: William may well be the biggest example of this. In order, he has to hold his breath for a painful duration so that another guy will trigger a trap and get himself killed; choose whether to save an old, diabetic mother or a perfectly healthy loner; suffer severe steam burns while trying to help his lawyer escape a maze and then nearly get hacked open when the lawyer tries to find the key necessary to save her life (she fails); and then choose which two of his staff will live, condemning the other four to death. Finally, it turns out that he was never really in control of his own fate, and he dies at the hands of an angry, vengeful teenager and his equally angry, but not so vengeful mother.
  • Skyward Scream: Hoffman, after barely surviving the remodelled Reverse Bear Trap.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Harold Abbott, the man whom William denied coverage for his cardiac disease. It's because of this decision that Jigsaw became interested in William and all his affiliates.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Averted. Try lighting up a cigarette after watching William and the janitor's first test.
  • Space Whale Aesop:
    • If you want someone to quit smoking, don't buy them a nicotine patch. Just force them to watch the scene where a poor janitor has his chest crushed in a Jigsaw trap just because he was a smoker with bad lungs. They'll never pick up a cigarette again.
    • Providing Methadone and other compassionate care for people with substance abuse disorders? Bad, enabling, creating leaches on society. The best way to treat substance abuse disorder is to bring a person inches away from a gruesome death and make them stab someone in the stomach, look through their entrails and find a key to unlock themselves. Sure, it'll also turn them into murderers in their own right, but hey, better than Methadone.
  • Start of Darkness: One of the three intertwined plots is John's Start of Darkness, shown through Jill's and William's flashbacks.
  • Strapped to a Bomb: Four bombs are strapped to William's arms and legs, set to explode in 60 minutes unless he completes his tests and gets the keys to remove them.
  • Tempting Fate: The carousel trap.
    "I am the one who should live!" (is stopped before the gun first)
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Hoffman, twice, and both at times when it seems like he's going down in defeat. The first: as his attempt to frame Strahm for being Jigsaw's second accomplice pitifully falls apart in front of him, Hoffman successfully pulls off a move only a desperate idiot would normally attempt - he murders two gun-carrying police officers (and fairly major characters) using only a knife, a cup of coffee and a one-shot character as a human shield; Hoffman then works to reestablish Strahm as the Jigsaw accomplice by planting his fingerprints all over the crime lab, then setting it aflame...with a still-breathing-but-rapidly-dying Agent Erickson left behind. Just minutes later, Hoffman is on the wrong end of the infamous "Reverse Bear Trap" deathtrap thanks to Jill Tuck, who reveals that this is part of John's will; as she exits the room (after delivering the obligatory "Game over" line), Hoffman bashes his way out of his restraints by using the trap, prevents the trap from opening fully, and finally rips the thing off, ripping apart the right side of his mouth in the process.
    • At first, Jill seems to be an innocent victim of John's schemes due to her implicit involvement as his wife. At the end, she knocks out Hoffman with an electrocuted chair and puts him in the reverse bear trap, all without a hint of remorse in her face.
    • William to an extent. He's a corrupt insurance agent who completes all of his tests, endures some severe wounds, gets hot steam blown into his face and fought off Debbie long enough for a speargun that was attach in a harness she was stuck in to activate which kills her. And he does all of that while his limbs are strapped with bombs.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: William manages to guide Debbie out of the steam maze and was in the process of attempting to save her. How does she repay him? Why by attacking him. Unsurprisingly, she pays it with her life.
  • Wham Line: Not so much the line as the one who delivers it once the voice on Seth Baxter's tape is decoded in front of Perez and Ericson.
    Hoffman: Right now, you're feeling helpless.
  • Wham Shot: We get this doubled with a Wham Line (via voiceover) during The Reveal as we finally see what exactly was written in the letter in Saw III that caused Amanda’s Villainous Breakdown; it was a blackmail note, written by Hoffman.
    Hoffman: Amanda— you were with Cecil the night Jill lost Gideon. You killed their child. You know it, and I know it. So do exactly as I say; kill Lynn Denlon, or I will tell John what you did.
  • You Killed My Father: Brent at the end, when he flips the switch for William's trap to the "die" side after his mother is unable to bring herself to do so. As quoted above, he even says it as he does it: "You killed my father, you motherfucker! Now you burn in hell."


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